Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Gets Device to Help Save Lives

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. -- A new device called Lucas2 is helping to save lives in the Valley, and it fits right into a backpack.

Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Nathan Helsley says it's been a big help in emergencies.

He says the device pumps a person's chest with the right amount of compressions in CPR when that person is experiencing cardiac arrest.

The Lucas2 also stops at the right time for a rescuer to give a person air.

Helsley says they've already used it about nine times over the last several months.

"It's increased our success rate by 22 percent, which may not seem like a lot to most people, but when you go 17 years and you haven't seen anybody have a pulse when you get to the hospital to a little less than a year you see two that ended up with a pulse at the hospital, that's pretty significant," said Helsley.

He says the Lucas2 costs more than $15,000, and they got it along with a new ambulance from a grant from the Virginia Department of Health.


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